That tweet spurred Kevin Collier, a reporter with the website Vocativ (and a verified Twitter user), to ask the Wikileaks account via Twitter
: “why collect living relationship, period? What could that show? That roommates, or living w/family/spouse, influences worldview?”
Verified Twitter accounts run the gamut from belonging to journalists and journalistic organizations, celebrities like Justin Bieber, politicians like Donald Trump and Barack Obama, the official Twitter account for companies like SpaceX or Google, or the account of Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO. They exist, according to Twitter, as a way of letting people know that the account is “authentic”– that the tweets do indeed come from the real Justin Bieber, for example.
Other tweets from Wikileaks on Friday called the press “dishonest” or pointed at Wikipedia as an example of the type of information already publicly available.
Jason Mollica, a social media analyst who owns JRM Comms, said that people should be concerned by what Wikileaks wrote.
“If Wikileaks wants to do what many social media analysts already do, which is follow and monitor influencers, then it’s not really surprising,” Mollica wrote in an email to FoxNews.com. “However, taking the next step, in sharing it with other verified users, violates Twitter’s policies.”
Wikileaks has a history of publishing private information, and Mollica said they may continue that trend in the future.
“Since many journalists are verified on Twitter, it can be assumed that Wikileaks is looking to gather information on them,” he added. “In the now-deleted post, Wikileaks called out the media/press as ‘dishonest.’ And what ‘network of relationships’ are they looking at? It’s a harrowing threat and in this age of social media and sharing of information, should be alarming to many.”
At this point, it’s unclear if a database as described by Friday’s Wikileaks tweet will ever materialize.